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The current total annual cost to the NHS of overweight and obesity has been estimated at £1 billion, and the total impact on employment may be as much as £10 billion. By 2050 the NHS cost of overweight and obesity could rise to £6.5 billion and the associated chronic health problems are projected to cost society an additional £45.5 billion a year (at today’s prices).

Tackling Obesities: Future Choices’ Foresight Project, 2007

Obesity costs England 18 million sick days and 30,000 excess deaths per year.

Tackling Obesity in England, National Audit Office, 2001

A 2005 study by the UN’s International Labour Office has estimated that poor diet – either due to malnutrition in developing countries or excess weight and obesity afflicting mostly industrialised economies - is costing countries around 20% in productivity. In Southeast Asia, iron deficiency accounts for a US$5 billion loss in productivity.

Food At Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases, 2005

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